Cruise guests warned of 'incredibly expensive' extras on ships

Woman looking off cruise ship

Cruises can be pricey to book and extra charges on board can add up

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 24/08/2023

- 12:14

Updated: 24/08/2023

- 15:58

Cruises can be pricey to book and extra charges on board can add up

Cruises are a great way to visit lots of different places on one holiday.

They are often very luxurious on board, with top-notch facilities and all inclusive food.

However, guests who want extras such as alcohol and experiences could quickly see their bills add up.

Editor at The Points Guy Nicky Kelvin shared how guests can save ahead of their trip.

Cruise ship on ocean

Cruises can be costly


He said: "Drink prices on ships can be expensive, so check to see if your cruise liner will allow you to bring some of your own beverages aboard."

It is not always possible to take your own drinks onto a ship and sometimes there are restrictions on how much can be packed.

It is worth checking, however, as bringing alcohol from home could save a lot of money.

Stocking up on toiletries can also be a way to cut costs during the holiday.

Nicky continued: "You’ll be able to find most of what you need on board, but it will cost you as they are usually incredibly expensive.

"Sunscreen, toothpaste and shower gels are a must."

Cruise ships will stop at a number of ports where guests can get off and experience the local area.

A great way to see the cities is by booking an excursion, but how this is done can greatly vary in price.

Group of people on holiday excursion

Excursions can be expensive


He added: "Sign up for private tours. You don’t have to book tours through the cruise line, and again this can save you money if you book with another operator in advance."

If booking extras on board, Nicky said it is important to check what you are paying for as tips are often included in the price.

"Don’t tip twice for drinks and spa treatments," the expert added.

"Most cruise ships now automatically add a tip to the bill, so make sure you are checking before you add even more."

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